Australian players meet ACB officials on Zim issue

Published: Wednesday, January 29, 2003, 18:08 [IST]
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Melbourne (Australia): The Australian team was meeting with Australian cricket officials on Wednesday amid speculation that its World Cup match in Zimbabwe next month would not go ahead. Captain Ricky Ponting said none of his teammates had yet approached him with concerns about playing in the strife-torn African nation.

"That may happen today, I'm sure a lot of the players who have got problems and concerns will air those today," he said on Wednesday. "There have been no individuals that have come to me with any great concerns so far, so hopefully that doesn't have to happen." The Australian Cricket Board is in favour of the February 24 match going ahead in Zimbabwe, as is the International Cricket Council. Ponting said the players had full faith in the ACB to act in the team's best interests.

"They've done a fantastic job with keeping us up to date with what's going on in Zimbabwe," he said. "We've got total trust in the ACB. What they've done over the last couple of years has been fantastic as far as player safety is concerned, so we've got no reason to be nervous. "They're a cricket organisation and we're cricketers so all we can do is travel around these different parts of the world and play cricket."

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